Keyshia Cole was the latest guest to speak with Fat Joe on his new podcast, and in their conversation, she revealed some details about her relationship with Tupac, including a stunning revelation about Tupac that he told to her on the day of his untimely death.
Keyshia has been vocal about her connection to the legendary rapper in the past. At the age of 12, her career got started by meeting MC Hammer and then later, Tupac. She made such a strong impression on him that he became a mentor and promised to help her become a professional singer by becoming involved in one of his upcoming projects. This same night happened to, unfortunately, be the night when he was shot and killed in Vegas.
Keyshia Cole sat down with Steve Harvey on his then talk show back in 2018, where she revealed that she felt sure Tupac had sensed his time on earth was coming to a close. “He told me that we were gonna do a song together the night that he got shot in Vegas,” says Keyshia to the talk show host. “It was just weird, because the night that he was saying he wanted me to work with him when we got back to L.A., it seemed like he was talking like he knew he wasn’t gonna make it, just giving me a lot of advice, like, ‘Don’t worry about things, you’re gonna be a huge star, you’re a beautiful person.'”
Now Keyshia has chosen to open up more about the infamous night of his shooting, giving Fat Joe more details. During the interview, she revealed Tupac told her that he was getting ready to make his exit from Death Row Records, and had plans to sign to Quincy Jones’s label “Qwest Records” under Warner Bros.
He had also asked her to join him at the label. “He wanted to sign me to Quincy [Jones] when he was with Kidada, Quincy’s daughter,” she says, “and he was gonna leave Death Row and go to sign with Quincy. He wanted me to go over there because he said that Death Row was not the place for kids.”
Fat Joe became stunned and asked more questions as Keyshia Cole continued with her story. “[I was] 15. He died when I was 16. Right when my birthday was coming around, I just remember getting earrings in the mail from Death Row Records but Suge, of course, was already in jail. My mom literally came and got us from Suge’s house because everybody got shot that night. My brother and [Pac] used to rap together in The Outlawz. We all drove to Vegas from L.A. Pac was in the car with Kidada. Suge was in they car. My brother was in they car. We was in our car. We were kids though. He just didn’t like that, you know what I mean? It was just, like, a lot of drama around that time.”
In 2008, Keyshia Cole released the album “A Different Me” that was preceded by the lead single “Playa Cardz Right” with a posthumous feature from Shakur.